San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Over 40 North American bird species, numerous mammals, and countless invertebrates depend on woodpeckers for their role as forest and woodland carpenters. By excavating their own nest and roost cavities in trees, woodpeckers bolster entire ecological communities of cavity-dwelling organisms. Removing the keystone in a stone arch weakens it and causes it to collapse. "Keystone" organisms are those that provide such valuable services to natural communities that their removal could cause the collapse of these ecological systems. Woodpeckers are keystones among healthy forest ecosystems.
Join professional naturalist, international lecturer, and woodpecker specialist Stephen Shunk as he brings to life the natural history, ecology, and conservation of Oregon's woodpeckers. Steve will discuss the amazing anatomical adaptations that make woodpeckers well-suited for slamming their heads against trees, and he will elucidate their keystone role as well as the importance of snags in Oregon's forests and woodlands. With a special emphasis on current conservation issues, Steve's infectious enthusiasm will make you a lifelong woodpecker advocate!
Hitchcock Auditorium in the Pioneer Building, Central Oregon Community College, 2600 NW College Way, Bend, Oregon 97701
Steve Shunk has studied the ecology of western forests for the last 16 years from his base in central Oregon. He co-founded the East Cascades Bird Conservancy and served as its first president. He now lectures and leads birding tour across North America and beyond. Steve recently completed the Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America, and spent his third season in summer 2013 studying black-backed woodpeckers in California's Sierra Nevada range.
When & Where
Empowering the lasting conservation of fish and wildlife and the enjoyment of our natural resources.
Oregon Wildlife: 503-255-6059
Get Social with Oregon Wildlife!